Here’s another installment in the continuing journey of trying to explain birtherism.
I reported poll results from South Carolina showing that birtherism is strong among the state’s Republicans. Political science professor Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University did the Sept. 11-18 poll of 1,552 registered voters. Speaking to the Charleston City Paper, Huffmon suggested that the continuing high levels of belief that Obama was born outside the United States might be attributed to what he described as the “kicked puppy syndrome.”
Those claims, he says, are part of "the kicked puppy syndrome" –” that is, if someone asked you whether your enemy had kicked a puppy, you might be inclined to say he had.
"They make up a part of the general disappointment of conservatives in Obama," Huffmon says. "These folks are using any means that they can to express disapproval of the president."
This usage of “kicked puppy syndrome” (also “kick-the-dog syndrome”) differs from another usage where the term is described as someone who is abused by a superior taking it out on someone else. That also could explain birtherism. Birthers feel abused by the 2008 election and want to get back at the President by making wild accusations.
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